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Installing Closet Door Track over laminate flooring and cement slab subfloor

Installing Closet Door Track over laminate flooring and cement slab subfloor

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Old 02-24-14, 06:47 PM
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Installing Closet Door Track over laminate flooring and cement slab subfloor

We plan to install a closet door track for heavy mirrored doors on top of new laminate flooring which we haven't decided on yet. The track was previously installed on top of carpet with 4-inch tap cons into the slab. We aren't sure if the thickness of the laminate is important. Will we need to go through it (regardless of the thickness) and into the cement again - and how deep? The 4-inch tap cons seemed like overkill, and we're still trying to get 2 of them out of the slab. We had to rip the old closet track off and still have the 2 sticking up out of the floor.
 
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Most often the doors are hung from a top rail not one on the floor.
Are these bypass doors with just a center guide to keep the doors from swinging?
Laminate should not be fastened tight to the floor or it may buckle and pull apart.
 
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Old 02-25-14, 04:18 AM
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Heavier mirrored doors normally have a bottom track. Your floor fasteners should allow movement of the laminate. You can over drill the laminate with a 1/2" or larger drill bit, then make a substantially smaller hole for your fastener. All you are doing is preventing lateral movement of the track. Just don't tighten down too much.
 
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Old 02-27-14, 03:52 AM
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Thank you so much for the great advice - we hadn't thought at all about letting the floor float under the track. Should we use the screws that drill directly into the slab without making a hole first - or do we need to have some kind of anchor in the slab for the screw to go into?
Also, our laminate is 10mm thick - what length screw do you recommend?
 
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Old 02-27-14, 04:15 AM
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You won't find screws that drill without a pilot hole, so plan on that. 1 1/4" screws should be big enough. As I said, all you want to do is stop lateral movement of the track, while still allowing your laminate to expand and contract.
 
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